Anderson Cooper sheds light on abuses in cemeteries

Posted on May 24, 2012 by

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In my essay “The Business of Grief” I discuss green burial, cemetery practices, and funeral homes. On May 20th, Anderson Cooper exposed cemetery practices on 60 Minutes. He interviewed an advocate for the funeral industry, cemetery workers, and investigators. In Florida, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Anderson tells stories of the dead being exhumed and trashed so that their “final resting spot” could be sold for additional profits. Do cemeteries need greater regulations? Can laws improve funeral practices and prevent the exploitation of the poor, the dead, and the bereaved? Can families still have a predominant role in how they ritualize their grief? I say yes to all these questions! Watch Anderson Cooper’s expose here.

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